Hound and Key preorder live

It is here! Preorder is live on Hound and Key, my new character-focused contemporary fantasy coming September 6.

You can find the ebook at:
Barnes and Noble

And probably other places too. Unfortunately, I can’t do preorders for the print edition. However! I have added a handy-dandy newsletter sign up link to the right, and if you input your email there, you’ll get a newsletter when Hound and Key goes on sale in all formats.

In fact, why not sign up for the newsletter anyway! It will only come out about once or twice a year, when I have new books or stories available for you all.

Key has lived her entire life in captivity, forced to use her magic to kill the enemies of Ariadne, an ageless woman with powerful magic of her own. Key knows she and Ariadne are both members of the Hand of the Gods, five souls reborn through the ages, but Key remembers none of her past lives. She chafes against Ariadne’s control, and longs to escape to lead a life of her own.

Eric has worked for Ariadne for years in ignorance of her secrets, but now coincidences and bad luck are piling up. When he talks his way into the compound that houses Key and the other members of the Hand, he learns the truth about Ariadne’s magic—and the murders she’s committed with it. Together, Eric and Key escape and set out to find Lantern, the one member of the Hand Ariadne has never managed to capture—and who may know how to stop her for good.


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Hound and Key Cover Reveal

Not all the blurbs and such are written yet, since I’m off to Westercon tomorrow, but meanwhile I wanted to share the cover of my new self-pub novel! It’s character-focused contemporary fantasy and is coming out September 6. Watch this space for preorder links around the ides of July!


My cover artist was Kate Marshall, and she can do a cover for you as well! Visit her at http://katemarshallwrites.com/.

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Westercon Schedule 2016

I will be at Westercon! C’mon by, say hello, pick up a copy of WOLFSBANE in the dealer’s room, or listen to a weird west short story at my reading on Saturday.

Fri Jul 1 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Anticipatory Anthropology
Fri Jul 1 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The study of future humans.

Rhiannon Held Reading
Sat Jul 2 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

World Building: Science Fiction vs Fantasy
Sat Jul 2 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
What are the similarities and differences between world building in science fiction vs fantasy? What elements give an alien or fantastic world a more realistic feel? Is it harder to describe a technology or a magic system? What techniques work for both?

Fantasy In the City
Sun Jul 3 10:00 am – 11:00 am
With the rise of popularity in urban-based fantasies, so increases the complexity of storytelling. Sure, you know what’s happening in a modern world. But does including a fantastical element have its own challenges? Discuss the challenges of writing fantasy in a modern setting, and how the different choices made by authors influenced their stories.

Realistic Dialogue
Sun Jul 3 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dialogue can be tricky. It’s easy to info dump and pull the “As you know, Bob” when using dialogue to reveal information. But there are ways to do this without being so obvious. Find out how pros keep their dialogue real while also being effective.

Sun Jul 3 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Writers talk about fleshing out their worlds. How much is too much? How much is too little? How do the features of a world enable its denizens, particularly the characters of the story? How do its constraints challenge them?

Sex Scenes in Writing
Sun Jul 3 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sex is a part of life, and an aspect we can use to learn many things about a character. Are they chatty in bed, or kinky, or do they prefer the lights off? All are insights that help a reader relate to the characters. But does sex ‘need’ to be in your writing? Let’s discuss what sex in writing means and whether it needs to be in your novel.

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Usual Path to Publication

The time has arrived! The Usual Path to Publication, a collection of essays edited by the wonderful Shannon Page about different authors breaking into publishing is out today! It just so happens to include one detailing my journey as well. In it, I share the GUARANTEED SECRET TO–well, all right. In it, I share my particular combination of luck and timing. But maybe someone else has the guaranteed secret! Buy it and see at:

Book View Cafe
Barnes & Noble

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Miscon Schedule 2016

It’s that time again! I’m heading out to Missoula, and I hope to get to say hello to some of you guys there. I’ll also have copies of WOLFSBANE available in the dealer’s room.

Take special note of my reading–I’ll be reading from a never-before-seen (or heard) short story!

Fri 5:00 – 5:50 PM, Beyond The Fangs, Ballroom B
Moderator: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di); Panelists: Jim Butcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Julie Frost, Rhiannon Held, Randy Henderson

Urban Fantasy encompasses more than just vampires and werewolves, yet it seems that the fanged creatures of the night have captured the limelight. What other creatures, dangerous and ghastly, lurk around dark city corners?

Sat 10:00 – 10:50 AM, Storytelling in Once Upon a Time, Jefferson
Moderator: Krista Wallace; Panelists: Rhiannon Held, C.L Norman (Candi), Krista Wallace

Let’s talk about storytelling techniques the writers of Once Upon a Time use to tell the characters’ stories, including the use of flashback. What do they do well? Where do they miss the mark?

Sat 11:00 – 11:50 AM, The Role of Stories, Gallatin
Panelists: Carol Berg, Rhiannon Held, Meradeth Houston

Every culture might interpret the same story in vastly different ways (Ex: Hamlet). Unique cultures can also independently create startlingly similar stories. What is it about stories that make them such an entrenched part of human culture? Why is the morality tale the preferred way to instruct youth in societal norms? Is it possible that stories are the key to understanding what it means to be human?

Sat 3:00 – 3:50 PM, Fiction Slam Readings, Tent By the Trees (1)
Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Julie Frost, Rhiannon Held, Frog Jones

Come hear your favorite pro read a selection of their work.
1500: Rhiannon Held

1520: Julia Frost
1540: Frog Jones

Sat 4:00 – 4:50 PM, Crafting Unique Titles, Gallatin
Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Brenda Carre, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Rhiannon Held, Laurey Patten

How much work do I put into a title for my book or short story? How do I chose one? What titles worked for you? Are the titles themselves becoming tropes?

Sun 11:00 – 11:50 AM, Meet & Greet/Signing: Rhiannon Held/Guy Pace, Hotel Lobby of Doom
Panelists: Rhiannon Held, Guy Pace

Meet a few of our authors, get signatures, and see what they’re up to these days.

Sun 5:00 – 5:50 PM, Depicting Emotions in Fiction, Ballroom B
Moderator: Spencer G. Ellsworth; Panelists: Spencer G. Ellsworth, Rhiannon Held, Michael Hodges, Christopher Paolini

Do you remember the last time you cried during a really good book? Or how about that time you laughed out loud to the embarrassment of all? Have you ever wanted to capture that sort of emotion in your own writing? In this panel we’ll discuss how to write killer scenes that will have your readers so emotionally entangled, it’ll take a psychologist to get them out.

Mon 11:00 – 11:50 AM, What I Learned Along the Path of Failure, Ballroom B
Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Jim Butcher, Rhiannon Held, Robin Hobb, J.A. Pitts

Writing basics that no one ever tells you. “I thought I could do this but everyone in the room looked at me like I had three heads.” Don’t apologize for something you haven’t learned yet. Learn from your mistakes. Join us for a discussion about giving and receiving critique the right way. Tips and tricks to turn that rejection into something positive.

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Kickstarter Anthology

I have another cool, shared project announcement for you guys! My story is going to be part of Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology! It’s part of a Kickstarter right now, so if you’re interested in reading my story and lots of cool others ones about the intersection of magic and technology, take a look!

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Wolfsbane Audiobook and Essay

Two exciting pieces of news today!

The first is that WOLFSBANE is now out in audiobook!

The second is that you can now preorder a copy of THE USUAL PATH TO PUBLICATION, a collection of essays about how writers got first published. I share the table of contents with very august company! It comes out in June.

Wolfsbane audio

The Usual Path to Publication Cover_MEDIUM WEB

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Norwescon 2016 Schedule

I will be at Norwescon, coming up March 25-27! I hope you will be too, and will come say hi! I will have print copies of WOLFSBANE along as well.

Fri 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Cascade 3&4
So You’ve Finished a First Draft
Django Wexler (M), Rhiannon Held, Randy Henderson, Frances Pauli, Laura Anne Gilman

Fri 2:00 PM-3:00 PM – Cascade 9
Fighting Through the 20k Slump
Rhiannon Held (M), Django Wexler, Lawrence M. Schoen, John (J.A.) Pitts, Carol Berg

Sat 2:00 PM-3:00 PM – Grand 2
Autograph Session 1
Amber Bariaktari , Caroline M. Yoachim, Dave Bara, Dean Wells, Erik Scott de Bie, G. Willow Wilson, James C. Glass, Jennifer Brozek, John (J.A.) Pitts, Kristi Charish, Django Wexler, Frog Jones, Rhiannon Held, Sonia Orin Lyris, S. A. Bolich, Morgue Anne, Robert J. Sawyer, Spencer Ellsworth, Steven Barnes, Tori Centanni, Cat Rambo, Don Maitz, GregRobin Smith, Jeremy Zimmerman, Laura Anne Gilman

Sun 10:00 AM-11:00 AM – Cascade 10
Vampire Dystopias & Other Saturated Markets
Tori Centanni (M), Elizabeth Guizzetti, Rhiannon Held, Kristi Charish

Sun 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Cascade 13
Worldbuilding: Standards of Beauty in Secondary Worlds
Alex C. Renwick (M), Rhiannon Held, Nathan Crowder, David J. Peterson, Sar Surmick

Sun 12:00 PM-1:00 PM – Cascade 9
Similar Tropes, Different Stories
Rhiannon Held (M), Leslie Howle, Raven Oak

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Eligibility Post

In the past, I’ve done one of these only rarely–I was, after all, concentrating on my novels, and I know how hard it is to get series books onto nomination lists if you’re not, you know, the Wheel of Time. That’s why now that I’m doing one, I’m throwing my weight behind something entirely new and entirely self-contained:

Thinking in Pieces is in the short story category. It’s short, sweet, and free to read!

I also thought, 2015 will be the year in which I read a ton of short fiction throughout the year to inform my own nominations. That, I am sad to say, did not happen. However, I did read a really cool book called Updraft by a really cool writer named Fran Wilde, and she happens to have recommended a ton of great 2015 speculation fiction that I intend to be working my way down as much as I can in the next few weeks. Check it out!

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Short Story Out

My new urban fantasy short story is now available online to read for free!

Thinking in Pieces, Urban Fantasy Magazine, December 2015

A taste:

When the woman built her mind from crows, she chose them for their cleverness, their puzzle-solving. She had not expected to find them so stubborn, so resistant to thinking together. But she’d had few good choices with no mind of her own, she supposed.

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